WFH security: 5 steps businesses must take in 2020

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been an eye-opener of sorts. At least for the next one year, it seems that social distancing orders would be around, and more businesses will have to cancel physical events. WFH, or Work from Home, may become the obvious choice for many companies that can afford that option. Of course, this step also raises security concerns, considering that many employees would be using their own devices and home networks to access company resources. What can your company do to ensure WFH security? We have a few guidelines that may come in handy. 

  1. Don’t miss on passwords protection

Unfortunately, a lot of businesses are still not taking password protection seriously. Last couple of years have been rough for many companies, and millions of email addresses were leaked by hackers in different attempts. To avoid the same, passwords must be changed regularly, and employees must be asked to create strong passwords and use a password manager. 

2. Focus on home network security

Studies and reports show that many internet users don’t change their default Wi-Fi passwords. Ask your employees to change default details immediately, and make sure that they are using a safe network. If your company can afford, consider paying for an additional Wi-Fi network, dedicated to work alone. Also, recommend your employees a reliable and premium VPN, which should be used for accessing company resources. 

3. Restrict access

Whether it is about IP cameras and video surveillance systems, or company servers and networked devices, make sure that only required people have access to these, especially when they are working remotely. Access management is an aspect that matters the most, more so with a hybrid environment that also deploys cloud solutions. 

4. Create protocols for safe browsing

If your company has a cybersecurity plan in place, chances are high that safe browsing protocols are already mentioned in detail. However, for WFH needs, recommend employees to be extra careful. From reporting suspicious emails and links, to mentioning the cybersecurity team about unexpected downloads, employees must know their roles. 

5. Use multi-factor identification

Lastly, consider using multi-factor identification where possible. Adding a second or third layer of protection always helps, and it could be a security question, a code sent to their mobile, or sometimes, just a few basic biometric details. Ensure that you use the lockout feature, so that brute force attacks can be prevented. 

Talk to your employees about WFH security today!

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